Ashington FC have been dealt a massive blow after Dylan Williamson was ruled out for the whole of next season.
The 25-year-old, who had just returned to the side after a thigh problem, suffered a knee injury in the away clash against Durham City at Consett’s Belle View ground at the end of January and has not kicked a ball since.
Williamson’s worst fears were confirmed when following the results of a scan, he was told he faces an operation then an extended period of rehabilitation.
The Ashington-born striker, recalling the incident, said: “I went to take a shot and the Durham defender poked the ball away. My knee hit his and then the bottom half of my leg hyper extended around his leg.
“I was carried from the field then stretchered off to the changing rooms, but even then my first thoughts was that it was going to be a long term injury.”
“The scan has shown I have ruptured my anterior cruciate ligament and I have also torn the lateral ligament, which has come off the bone.
“Now I face a waiting game to have the operation, but I’ve already resigned myself to missing the whole of next season.
“To say I’m gutted would be an understatement.
“I’m not a greater watcher – I’d much rather be playing – but I will still go along every so often to support the lads.”
Ashington head coach Ian Skinner said: “First and foremost, the news is one of disappointment for Dylan himself.
“At the time he sustained the injury, we feared the worst and this has been confirmed.
“It is also a blow for the club as Dylan was a big part of us going forward.
“We’ll try and support him as much as we can with his rehab and we’ll certainly be keeping him involved in all we do around the place.
“Dylan is very much a player who we want to get back in the squad as soon as is physically possible.”